By: Meesh Shanmugam
Welcome back everyone! With a new season, new coach, new GM, and new hope (at least temporarily), I’ll be working on some new formats for the postgame thoughts before the regular season arrives. Ideas and suggestions are very much encouraged; let me know what you want to see and read about! Goal assessments and descriptions will return when...
Jim Rutherford inherited a Penguins roster that still had much of the talent from the back-to-back trips to the Stanley Cup Finals but had seen the supporting cast slowly deteriorate over the five years since then. When free agency opened Rutherford move quickly, adding Steve Downie, Blake Comeau, and re-signing Marcel Goc to help fortify the bottom six while adding a very good backup...
C 1. Sidney Crosby
2. Evgeni Malkin
3. Brandon Sutter
4. Marcel Goc
L 1. Chris Kunitz
2. Beau Bennett (LTI)
3. Nick Spaling
4. Blake Comeau
5. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond
R 1. Patric Hornqvist
2. Pascal Dupuis
3. Steve Downie
In a word, DEPTH. For the first time since the end of the 2013 season the Penguins will have true forward depth and that season was augmented by unprecedented trade deadline acquisitions the likes of which will likely never occur again. They have not started a season with this much depth since the Consol Energy Center opened.
Counting Kasperi Kapanen, the team has nine players who...
By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
The prominence of hockey analytics is growing each season as more people begin to see the usefulness of “fancy stats.” It’s no different here at The PensNation. As advanced stats inform our writing more and more, we thought it would be good to compile of list of the more commonly used metrics and give a little insight as to what exactly...
Once Branden Sutter is signed the Pittsburgh Penguins will have their lines set at the Center position. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Branden Sutter and Marcel Goc will provide depth down the middle very few teams can match and hopefully once they have become acclimated to the new system being installed, will drive a once again lethal offensive charge. Outside of Chris Kunitz flanking...
As the Pens are in the midst of day 3 of Free Agency, we at Pens Initiative think it's time to take a look back and assess what has happened so far.We know this off-season has brought about a new GM in Jim Rutherford and a new coach in Mike Johnston. They also went through the draft and acquired some offensive talent there. They traded away a fan favorite in James Neal for...
By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh)
The start of free agency was busy for all Penguins, both old and new. The Pens so far have added five players, retained two, and waved goodbye to eight others with some eye-opening and jaw-dropping contracts.
Here are some thoughts on the additions and re-signings. Part II will be a look at the departures.
Free Agent Signings
Christian Ehrhoff from...
After acquiring Marcel Goc prior to the trade deadline last season, it appears the Pittsburgh Penguins want to keep him. Pittsburgh has re-signed Goc to a 1-year, $1.2 million contract. Goc, 30, played in 21 games in Pittsburgh — regular season and playoffs — amassing just 3 assists. The depth center gives Pittsburgh a safety net when Sidney Crosby and [...]
The Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be losing a ton of players via free agency this year and that will leave a ton of holes in this lineup. They may sign a few to keep that are irreplaceable but they can replace a lot of the players via free agency. Who are the top three free agent targets for the Penguins? Let’s see.
Raymond was productive in Vancouver before his move to Toronto...
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
(2) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS v. (7) COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
SERIES TIED, 2-2
We're back to square one, so to speak. After the first four games of the series were literally split down the middle -- four 4-3 games with each team winning a home game and an away game -- the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins...
#Pens center Marcel Goc said he "feels good" and it's the coaches' decision whether or not he returns to the lineup for Game 5.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 25, 2014
The NHL has announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins forward, Marcel Goc will be out for three weeks with a foot injury.Micahel Miller-Wikimedia CommonsGoc suffered the injury on Thursday night when the Penguins played the Los Angeles Kings. His foot went awkwardly into the boards when he got knocked down. The bad news is Goc will be out for three weeks. However, the good news is...
Kings 3 Pens 2
By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh)
Pyatt stunned himself with that goal. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Kunitz (33) from Megna, Crosby
Pyatt (4) from Gibbons, Goc
Shots: Niskanen (7)
Missed Shots: Niskanen (3)
Blocked Shots: Bortuzzo, Neal (2)
Hits: Bortuzzo, Glass, Kunitz, Orpik (5)
Ice Time: Crosby (25:48) … Adams (8:07)
Faceoffs: Goc (6/8) … Crosby...
By: Melissa Esing (Off_thePost)
Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Marcel Goc.
Photo Credit: Michael Miller
Experience and depth is what Ray Shero was looking for as the March 5 NHL Trade Deadline approached, and he was able to find those assets within two-way forward, Marcel Goc...
Marcel Goc's ankle isn't supposed to bend like that. Ouch! Goc was helped off of the ice. To quote @ChrisWasselTHW the @InjuryNinja never sleeps.
The Penguins surrended the first two goals, then came back, only to lose 3-2 on a third period goal by Drew Doughty.
It really wasn’t a well played game, although it had some good spurts. The story of the game was this:
The Kings took seven penatlies, and the Penguins could get anything home on the powerplay. Meanwhile, the Kings went 1 for 3 on the powerplay.
The other story...
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Marcel Goc had a gut-wrenching injury on Thursday night. Let's just say his ankle fought the boards and the boards won.
Marcel Goc's ankle has definitely seen better days. Goc got twisted into this brutal position during the Penguins-Kings game on Thursday night.
It was just a couple of weeks ago, that the Panthers made changes at the top of the organization, with the departure of then club president Michael Yormark, to take on a position at Roc Nation, and now changes are happening in the hockey operations department.Assistant general manager Mike Santos, who's contract would have expired at the end of the season, has been terminated...
Pittsburgh Penguins (44-17-4) @ Philadelphia Flyers (33-25-7)
ROOT, NHLN-US, CSN-PH - 1:00 pm/et
Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers meet in the first game of a home-and-home as the Penguins visit Philadelphia.
The Flyers currently hold the second wild card spot in the East, barely. They're tied...
By Annie Shean (@JustPuckIt)
Sorry for the delayed post, unfortunately I have been fighting off a black plague cold. But better late than never eh?
BREAKING NEWS: Shero added an almighty power to the first line and he/she/it already landed their first assist. Oh wait Scratch that. Potash just forgot about autocorrect. Man, I really thought Shero had pulled off the biggest under...